South Korea says it will strengthen defense capability to counter North Korean threat

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A view from South Korea towards North Korea in the Joint Security Area at Panmunjom. North and South Korean military personnel, as well as a single American soldier, are depicted. – WIKIPEDIA

SINGAPORE — South Korea’s Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup said on Sunday that his country will significantly strengthen its defense capabilities and work closely with the United States and Japan to counter the North American nuclear and ballistic threat. Korean.

Lee, speaking at an Asian security meeting in Singapore, said the situation on the Korean peninsula posed a global threat and urged North Korea to immediately end its weapons programs nuclear and missile.

The United States warned this month that North Korea was preparing to carry out a seventh nuclear test and said it would push again for United Nations sanctions if it happened.

“Our government will build capabilities to better implement expanded U.S. deterrence capabilities and significantly enhance response capabilities,” Lee said in a speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue, a regional security summit. .

“In addition, we seek to strengthen trilateral security cooperation between the ROK (Republic of Korea), the United States, and Japan to respond to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.”

North Korea has promoted its top nuclear negotiator to foreign minister, state media reported on Saturday, as leader Kim Jong Un promised his ruling party he would use ‘power for power’s sake’. to counter threats to the country’s sovereignty.

North Korea has conducted at least 18 rounds of weapons tests this year, highlighting developments in its nuclear and missile arsenals. — Reuters

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